ince the inception of Gene Roddenberry’s masterpiece, Star Trek, the franchise has grown to include 6 TV series, a dozen movies, and an ever increasing number of books, games, and stories. At this point, it must be quite confusing for fans about the right order of the events that happened in the franchise. Here is the right order in which the various events of series, and movies took place in the right order.
In 2063, 10 years after the end of a global nuclear war – the World War III, the Vulcans make the first alien contact with the Earth immediately after noticing Zefram Cochrane make the first warp flight. This is followed by the launch of SS Valiant, Friendship 1, and SS Conestoga. The first Earth colony of humans is formed on Terra Nova in 2069. By 2103, Earth has colonized the neighboring planet Mars as well. While T’Pol is born in 2088, Jonathan Archer and Hoshi Sato are born in 2111 and 2119 respectively. In 2142, and 2145, warp 2, and warp 3 respectively are broken.
For the five years starting from 2151, the events of Star Trek: Enterprise take place. This is followed by the Earth-Romulan War, which ends in a stalemate. Soon after this, in 2161, the United Federation of Planets is established by Earth, Tellar, Andoria, and Vulcan. Four years after the Federation was born, Sarek, the Federation diplomat, was born in Vulcan.
In the next century, Sarek’s son Spock is born. Spock’s mother is a human, Amanda Grayson. Three years after Spock’s birth, James T. Kirk is born in 2233. The same year Nyoto Uhura is also born on Earth in the United States of Africa. Following these events, the USS Enterprise is launched on its first five year mission in 2245.
The events as portrayed in the movies Star Trek (2009), and Star Trek Into Darkness (2013), take place in an alternate timeline. In this timeline, Nero destroys Spock’s home planet Vulcan, ending billions of lives. Soon afterwards, the USS Enterprise is launched on its maiden voyage, whose captain Christopher Pike is later replaced by James T. Kirk.
In the normal timeline, the later part of the 23rd century is when much of the action in the Star Trek franchise takes place. For instance, the Where No Man Has Gone Before episode of Star Trek is based in 2265. All the events of Star Trek: The Original Series take place from 2266 to 2269. Even the events portrayed in Star Trek: The Animated Series are based in 2269-2270. The events portrayed in the Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country take place in a span of 20 years, starting from 2273.
The beginning of the 24th century marks the dawn of a new era. Jean-Luc Picard is born in 2305. The Tomed Incident takes place in 2311. While Jean-Luc Picard becomes the captain of the vessel USS Stargazer in 2333, but it is not until 2335 that Geordi La Forge and William T. Riker are born, back on Earth. Then, in 2340, Mogh’s son, Worf is born on the Klingon’s homeworld, Qo’noS. A new age is born when the Enterprise-C is destroyed defending a Klingon settlement under attack from Romulans in 2344. This gives way to the formation of an alliance between the federation and the Klingon Empire. Soon after, Worf, who is only 6 at the time, loses both his parents in a massacre by Romulans. He is later adopted by a human couple.
In 2363, a Galaxy class starship, now designated as USS Enterprise is launched under the command of Jean-Luc Picard. This lays the foundation for the events portrayed in Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Generations, Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: First Contact, Star Trek: Insurrection, and Star Trek Nemesis, all of which take place in the latter half of the century.
Towards the end of the millennium, in the 29th century, a temporal cold war exists between the time travelers. It is marked by a constant tussle between people who are trying to alter the timelines for their own benefit, and the people, who wish to keep the integrity of the original timeline. Take a look at this website for fantastic Charter Cable TV packages so you can watch all the previous episodes on TV.